Dinner from the sea with cod and feta cheese dumplings
The past week went so fast! I did a quick trip to Dublin and discovered some very nice take away sushi there. I had some good meetings and managed to see my friend as well! I didn’t get back home until quite late. We had friends coming for the weekend the following morning but I had a lovey Friday night surprise when I came home, roast chicken and veg and after that I pretty much crashed on the sofa. The following morning the alarm went off early and it was time to get the house guest ready. Our friends arrived at noon and pretty much just in time for a look around and then off to the market and then lunch at the pub the Deal Hoy where The BurgerBros reside Wednesday – Saturday for a burger fix. Their burgers are so good they will get a blog of their own!
Everyone was happy and full after the lovely lunch and after hitting a few shops everyone felt slightly sleepy and it was time to head home for a post lunch nap, a weekend luxury.
The afternoon sun was beautiful and we decided to go for a walk on the beach. It was beautiful but the winds were very icy!
It was lovely and refreshing, helping us get the appetite back for dinner! I wanted something light and got some fish, a piece of cod, a skate and some lovely pink cold water prawns. The idea I had was to make a bit of a spread so everyone could tuck in to what they liked and we could have some fun cooking together, adults and the little ones alike!
We peeled prawns, these prawns are coked on the boat, freshly caught so I buy them by the pint and just peel and eat, delicious!
We did a borlotti bean dip, flavored with preserved lemon and tahini. I had a few wonton skins and when I suggested dumplings this was greeted with great enthusiasm. I had a few wonton skins in the freezer and whilst they were thawing I prepared the filling.
Steamed cod and feta cheese dumplings
preparation time 10 minutes
cooking time 5-6 minutes
serves 6 as part of dinner but it is easy to make more
- 200 gram or 7 oz cod fillet
- 100 gram or 3.5 oz feta cheese
- 1 celery stick
- 1 shallot onion
- 1 red chilli
- cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp greek yoghurt
- as many carrot slices as you have dumplings
- fresh herbs
- black sesame seeds
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
- grated fresh ginger
Crumble the feta cheese in to a bowl. Mash it as much as possible. Cut the celery, the shallot onion and the de seeded chilli fine and add together with the yogurt and mix. Taste with cracked black pepper and set aside.
Take the cod and remove any bones or skin and cut in to fine pieces. Mix the cod with the feta cheese and start working on the dumplings. Place about a teaspoon full on each one. Dip your finger in water and wet the edges of the dumpling wrapper and bring them up together, then add the other two sides and pinch where the dumpling skin sticks out.
Place each dumpling on a slice of carrot (a great trick I saw Ching He Huang do with hers!) and steam them for 5 minutes. This is enough to cook the cod. Mix all the ingredients to the dipping sauce, add the grated ginger last and taste. Add the herbs, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds before serving.
Serve straight away, they turned out delicious and I will for sure make them again!
I mixed the prawn roe with some low fat natural yogurt and added some crushed garlic, that is all you need!
I rolled chick peas with smoked paprika, salt and pepper and roasted them
We did a fresh salad from red pepper, avocado and mozarella with a lemon dressing
I cooked a skate as this was a novelty fish and I pan fried the remaining cod. We had some fresh bread bought at the market and it was so good we had to have some of that as well!
We ate just about everything, the skate went down very well as a nice surprise and the different foods worked well together, After a movie everyone was tired from all the fresh air and the food and we made quite an early night.